It has even more drawers than the one I was planning on making and fits perfectly into the room right?!

Because I was intending building it on the day I bought the pre-made chest, I decided I would start decorating it right away.  So first up I had to pull out all the drawers, remove all the plates and stain the chest.

The first coat of stain on the Apothecary Chest Drying...

The first coat of stain on the Apothecary Chest Drying…

I mentioned last time some of the little dollie skirts I made.  I made them with the intent that they would fit (in general) Pullip dolls.  A few of them were too small, so I thought they would be good for Dal (a doll in the Pullip family who is supposed to be the sister of Pullip’s boyfriend Taeyang).  I don’t have one, so a lovely friend who does allowed her Dal to come over and model the skirts for me. She was a lovely model and other than the fact that she kept teasing my Pullip girls about their big butts, she is welcome again anytime.

A friend's Dal who kindly visited to model my skirts

A friend’s Dal who kindly visited to model my skirts

I don’t think I mentioned a few other finishes I have in relation to the steampunk roombox project.  The first is a little chest I made out of Balsa from a plan in a 1:12 scale dollhouse book I’ve had for years.  To steampunk it up I added some gears to the sides of the box.

Someone asked where I got all these gears from, well you can get them as beads or scrapbooking embellishments and you can also buy the real thing bits of old watch pieces online at eeeebay.  Be careful about what you look for in the sales listings though if you do decide to buy.  Some of the pictures are very misleading, the first thing, you need to be aware of is, these are really (I mean really tiny!) if you need large gears or cogs, you don’t want anything that has been inside a watch. Second, pay attention to the weight of the items you are getting, it seems all the sellers show a picture of a mountain of pieces, of which you only get a small amount.  So compare offers by comparing their price per gram or price per ounce, that way you are at least getting a good idea of the best option for your money.

Steampunk Chest 1:6 Scale

Steampunk Chest 1:6 Scale

I also walked you through my ‘adventure’ making a globe, well I finally finished it!  I used a circle of MDF, a lid from a circular paper mache trinket box and a couple of circle scraps from DB’s hole saw, and did the usual steampunkery-fying stuff.

Steampunk Globe Completed

Steampunk Globe Completed

So I stained the chest twice, painted all the drawer plates and screws with copper coloured acrylic paint and I used and old style printed scrapbooking paper to act as labels on the drawers. I was so excited finding this chest all pre-made and just waiting for me at the store, well you can imagine how happy I am with how it turned out!

Steampunk Apothecary Chest Stained and Decorated

Steampunk Apothecary Chest Stained and Decorated

so next on my list at the moment are the floors and walls so far I have the floor, 1 back wall and 1 side wall cut out.  I have the plan for the floor, tasmanian oak moulding for my skirting boards and a wonderful light avocado milk paint (eww!) for the walls.  It’s very steampunky though?!